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South West Starter

Great British Menu, Series 8 Episode 21 of 45

Great British Menu continues as 24 of the nation's finest chefs battle it out to cook gastronomic masterpieces that are also witty and fun. Their dishes have to put a smile on faces as Great British Menu celebrates 25 years of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day appeals.

Through the power of entertainment the charity has raised more than 800 million pounds, changing the lives of people in both Africa and the UK. So this year Britain's top chefs have been challenged to marry serious cooking with humour to celebrate the charity's achievements. The prize: to cook a dish at a special banquet at The Royal Albert Hall.

This time it is the turn of the South West and three chefs new to the Great British Menu kitchen battle it out for a chance to cook at the special banquet. Michelin star chef and passionate Cornishman Chris Eden is up against Michelin star chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias and rising star Emily Watkins. All three are determined to make their mark but for some of them nerves get the better of them.

The three South West chefs will be judged by a veteran of the competition, two Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge. He will decide which chefs make it through to the judges on Friday.

The two highest scoring chefs will cook their entire menu again for the Great British Menu judges Prue Leith, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton. This week the judges will be joined by comedian and writer Simon Day.

Nerves play a huge part as all three chefs from the South West, fresh to the competition, get to grips with their new environment. Will veteran judge Tom Kerridge like Chris Eden's modern twist on 'Duck a l'Orange', or will he favour Peter Sanchez-Iglesias's dish called 'Picnic'? Perhaps Emily Watkins's witty dish called 'Eggs and Ham' will prove a winner. But for one chef nerves get the better of them while another makes Great British Menu history, but is it for the right reasons?

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29 minutes

Last on

Tue 2 Apr 2013 09:10


Role Contributor
Series ProducerLisa Hazlehurst
Series ProducerLisa Hazlehurst
Executive ProducerNicola Moody
Executive ProducerNicola Moody
JudgeTom Kerridge
JudgeTom Kerridge

Banquet Recipes

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Discover how to recreate the four dishes that made it to the banquet.

The Chefs

The Chefs

Meet the chefs battling it out to make it to the banquet.